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East St. Louis police step up patrols to help residents in cooling shelters

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois (KMOV) – Officials opened up cooling shelters to keep residents cool, but many of them are concerned their stuff might get stolen while their gone.  Reva White said the temperatures are hard on her .

“Hot! Hot! Very hot. I mean what would you do if you didn't have a place to cool off,” said White.

East St. Louis opened up cooling shelters at Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist church and Clyde C. Jordan Senior Citizens Center.  White, like many in this community, don't have air conditioning in her homes.

"If you don't have heat and cooling in your house you just stuck because outside and inside is just the same,” said White.

White said she's thankful for the shelters, but can't help but worry about the possibility of crooks breaking into her home while she gone.

“I live in public housing and you never know what's going to happen if you leave home. You never know if you'll come back.  Somebody is in your house or if they stole things,” said White.

Emergency Management director Anthony Venson Sr. said that concern is especially on the minds of senior citizens, and that's why police officers are stepping in to ease their fears.

“They are patrolling areas with a more heavier concentration of seniors,” said Venson.

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